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A Primer on Cloud Foundry and HP Involvement

Stephen_Spector

Guest Post: Amy Feldman,  Solutions Marketing, HP Helion

 

For decades, HP has consistently supported and invested in open source communities (such as Linux, OpenStack® technology) because we believe innovation comes from open communities.  Our vast experience working with open source communities, including as a founding Platinum member of the OpenStack Foundation, enables HP to help Cloud Foundry® grow its community. Last year was an exciting year working with other companies to form the Cloud Foundry Foundation which became operational December 9, 2014.      

 

As with any open community it is important to set a level of standardization providing the community with guiding principles or bylaws that help to drive quality, influence based on developer effort, offer an equal opportunity to participate, and IP cleanliness.  The newly formed Cloud Foundry Foundation is an important milestone that is helping to drive standardization as well as innovation within an open community.  What’s different about this Foundation (and is unique to open source development) called “Dojos” that allow developers to quickly contribute to the project.  Often times it may take up to a year to commit rights to a major project but this “fast track” approach greatly shortens the time to weeks.  

 

During the December Silicon Valley Cloud Foundry meetup, Mike Maxey from Pivotal gave an overview of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, the importance of establishing a foundation and the velocity of growth in the community in the last year.  There were 1,100 merged community pull requests in the last 12 months, from 46 contributing companies, 64 incubators and 29 new meetup groups. This translates to  a lot of developers.  Combined with the high level of interest and addition of over 40 new company members to the foundation, helps to shape the project into an impressive community.  

 

Certainly there is a need for balance between developers and business interest and this is where the foundation comes into play.  Mike Maxey explains both sides and how both of these entities work together. The business side influences the business aspect of the project such as: bylaws, IP, marketing spend and certification and trademark usage. The developers influence the technical aspects of the project such as approving new projects and lifecycles, maintaining committers, and managing roadmaps.  The diversity and growth of community improves the overall quality and drive innovation of the project.  

 

With the establishment of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, the impressive interest and growth of the community in the last 12 months means that it will be an exciting 2015.  We look forward to participating and building an industry leading open PaaS with a strong open community.  If you are interested in Cloud Foundry attend a meetup to learn more about this growing community.  

         

Resources:

Cloud Foundry Foundation announcement video

Cloud Foundry Press Announcement

Cloud Foundry Foundation

Silicon Valley Cloud Foundry meetup -  2014 Year-end update

Silicon Valley Cloud Foundry meetup

 

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Stephen_Spector

I manage the HPE Helion social media and website teams promoting the enterprise cloud solutions at HPE for hybrid, public, and private clouds. I was previously at Dell promoting their Cloud solutions and was the open source community manager for OpenStack and Xen.org at Rackspace and Citrix Systems. While at Citrix Systems, I founded the Citrix Developer Network, developed global alliance and licensing programs, and even once added audio to the DOS ICA client with assembler. Follow me at @SpectorID

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